FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV) – Police are investigating after numerous vehicles were stolen from two St. Louis-area car dealerships early Friday morning.
According to police, the thieves stole nine vehicles from Lou Fusz Buick GMC in west St. Louis County and five vehicles from Johnny Londoff Chevrolet in Florissant. Police said it’s part of a crime trend that started in the area in June, 2011.
Since then, thieves have hit dealerships from St. Charles to Creve Coeur, to Florissant and south St. Louis County.
Police said the suspects frequently park the stolen cars in places around St. Louis city and then make money renting them out to others.
Authorities said a janitor was working at the Lou Fusz dealership in the 10950 block of Page around 2 a.m. when he noticed a light on inside a vehicle. He went to check it out and saw a window was broken out and several car keys were on the ground
He called police and dealership employees came in and started doing inventory.
About three hours after the thefts were noticed at Lou Fusz, an officer was patrolling the 1300 block of Dunn Rd. when he noticed a security breach at Johnny Londoff Chevrolet.
Police said the officer inspected the area and noticed a security fence was tampered with. Authorities said it appeared the suspects entered the dealership through the service entrance and ransacked the building.
Police later confirmed five vehicles were stolen from the dealership in total.
“You get mad, you can’t help but get mad,” said Johnny Londoff, Jr. “You feel violated. Thieves came in, they were obviously professionals.”
News 4 has learned seven vehicles stolen from Lou Fusz and four stolen from Londoff were recovered. Most of them were found in the city.
Sources said one of the vehicles stolen from Lou Fusz was also found at Johnny Londoff.
Another dealer, Frank Leta in Bridgeton, says thieves broke in and took keys, but didn’t get any cars. They had been hit in June, when 11 cars were taken from their lot.